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Bachelor of Arts




Education is the foundation that prepares children with the knowledge needed to succeed for the rest of their lives. Many children who experience maltreatment at a young age are likely to be at a disadvantage when it comes to their ability to perform academically. The effects of maltreatment and out-of-home placement are almost always confounded, and as a result children in foster care often underperform academically as well (Stone, 2007). While many of these studies look into the effects of both these variables, only a select few offer potential interventions to help decrease the deficit felt by these children. Of those that offer potential interventions, one theme is clear, children who experience maltreatment in general, as well as those who are in out-of-home care likely lack the level of support needed during the early years of development.